Several stories of note from around the region lately:
- Last week, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timochenko met in Cuba to finalize a peace plan that could finally end a struggle that’s lasted over 50 years. Boz has an excellent set of observations on the implications and meaning of the meeting.
- Of course, the end of the tortuous (and torturous) struggle between the FARC and the Colombian state will mean Colombia faces the new challenge of dealing with the long-term traumas of civil war.
- It has not been a secret to scholars and human rights activists that, in addition to the torture and disappearance of tens of thousands of civilians, during the military dictatorship (1976-1983) the Argentine military also deployed torture and murder against its own conscripts in the Malvinas War. However, the Argentine military has finally released the first official military documents confirming the use of torture and repression against its own troops, even as veterans of the campaign who survived such treatment (and who were the main source for previous knowledge about repression) continue to speak out and provide insight into the military hierarchy’s total use of terror during the dictatorship.
- Mike Allison has some excellent observations on the tricky nature of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and the question of national sovereignty, as well as the possibility of similar institutions for other countries.
- As the UN Human Rights Council meets, Latin America Goes Global has some thoughts and predictions on how Latin American countries might vote on issues pertaining to Syria, Sri Lanka, and Ukraine.
- Finally, while it is Brazil’s musicians who are best known for going into exile during the phase of greatest repression during Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985), but this excellent piece points to the struggles and broad transnational impact of visual artists who also had to flee into exile in this period.